Uber driver blames navigation app for driving down staircase. Classic.

An Uber driver messed up big time while picking up passengers in San Francisco.

Instead of leaving a grocery store parking lot, you know, through a normal exit, the driver took the stairs.

Stairs are lauded as a healthy alternative to elevators or escalators, but in this case this was the wrong choice. Naturally, after making the supremely embarrassing move, the first thing the Uber driver did was blame Uber’s navigation system for leading the car down the pedestrian stairway. 

I’ve driven in this particular Safeway parking lot at the busy intersection of Church and Market streets many times, and it’s admittedly unclear how to get out of the lot, but it’s not drive-down-a-staircase unclear.

Uber confirmed that the driver was on the ride-hailing app at the time of the “incident” and that two passengers in the car weren’t injured. The driver wasn’t hurt, either, except for their ego, presumably. The driver was on the way to pick up a third passenger for a shared Pool ride. Considering it was quite the dilemma to get the car off the stairs, I’m guessing that passenger had to get another ride. 

Others have had trouble handling discrepancies between what’s on a navigation app and what’s on the road in front on them. Take this woman who drove into a lake. It’s reminiscent of The Office episode where Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character has no choice but to obey the GPS and drive into a body of water.

After all, you can always trust apps. Right?

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